Clear skies are currently a rare sighting in Cape Town but on our recent stay at Val du Charron in Wellington, we were lucky enough to experience exactly that in the middle of winter. Needless to say, it was the perfect conditions for our one-night stay in the Cape Winelands.
Val du Charron Wine and Leisure Estate is an all-rounder destination offering luxury accommodation, wine tasting, two restaurants and a spa. The 45 hectare farm was purchased in 2006 by the Entwistle Family and has a winemaking history dating all the way back to 1699.
Stay at Val du Charron
The 4-star accommodation at Val du Charron comprises of 16 en-suite rooms, all with their own balconies. The picturesque Cape Winelands views put one in an immediate state of relaxation and almost takes your breath away!
The rooms are equipped with all convenient amenities like air conditioner, TV, DSTV, minibar, coffee-making station and of course WiFi. Despite the cold, I really enjoyed spending time on the room’s private patio taking in the Hawekwa Mountain views. For braving the cold, I was rewarded with the most amazing sunrise the following morning!
After our afternoon walk around the property, we relaxed with a complimentary glass of sherry in the lounge. You can also have some laughs with the board games provided or get stuck into a good book while sprawling out on the comfy couches.
If you’d like to upgrade to 5-star accommodation, there’s also The Coach House which offers three spacious suites, all with their own plunge pool, private patio and built-in fireplace.
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Wine and Dine at Val du Charron
The Piza e Vino at Val du Charron has recently changed its name to Pizza Vista. As the name suggests, the restaurant is geared towards pizza lovers. I’m sure the sound of delicious wood fired pizzas coupled with a gin and tonic and gorgeous views would make most people happy!
The Grillroom on the other hand is quite simply for carnivores but the restaurant does however have vegetarian options. Menu wise you’ll find grain-fed and grass-fed beef, dry or wet aged between 22 and 55 days. There’s also oxtail, marrow bones and biltong to look forward to. At our dinner visit we had, steak fillet and sweet potato mash with the Erasmus from the Theatre of Wine blended collection. The Grillroom is sophisticated with stunning views to add to its allure.
Things to do
The estate believes in living the wine lifestyle with the award winning Val du Charron wines. We did the Reserve wine tasting at The Grillroom which includes your selection of any of the four wines on their list at R60 per person. The cheese platter we ordered deliciously complimented the wines and I’d highly recommend it. The estate also offers guided cellar and vineyard tours.
You can experience total relaxation at the Val du Charron Spa which offers a variety of treatments and products for your pampering experience in the Cape Winelands. Unfortunately, the spa was closed for annual leave and renovations during our stay but has reopened on 31 July.
The popular Wild Boar mountain bike trails start and end at Val du Charron. The six routes cater to all mountain bike preferences and you’re more than welcome to enjoy a beverage or meal after your ride.
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**We were invited to stay at Val du Charron on a bed and breakfast basis. Wine tasting and dinner were paid for by ourselves.